Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Pádraig Mallon and his ice swimming colleagues in Ireland started the ball rolling – and now it is picking up steam ever so intelligently with their new Ireland Ice Swimming course.

This Sunday morning, 30 swimmers from various provinces of Ireland started a four-month training program which will lead to their choice of an International Ice Swimming Association 1 km swim or a 1-mile ice swim that will take place on the first weekend of February 2015 at Camlough Lake. Today’s air temperature was 7.5ºC (45.5ºF) and water temperature was 10ºC (50ºF) on an incoming tide at Carlingford Lough, Co. Louth.”

The training was led by lead coaches Mallon, Ger Kennedy and Nuala Moore. “The beginner group lasted 20 minutes in the water and advanced swimmers were in for 40 minutes.

Participants had to begin with the 4-month program in order to qualify for the final event. The program dates include the following free training sessions:

* Session 1 November 9th 2014, 9 am St John’s Pier Carlingford Co. Louth
* Session 2 November 30th 2014, 3 pm Venue TBA
* Session 3 December 24th 2014, 2 pm St Johns Pier Carlingford, Co.Louth
* Session 4 January 1st 2015, 12 noon Camlough Lake, Co. Armagh
* Session 5 January 18th 2015, 9 am
* Session 6 February 7th and 8th 2015, Ireland Ice Kilometer and Ireland Ice Mile Swims in Camlough Lake, Co.Louth

For more information on the training that is supported by the International Ice Swimming Association, Irish Long Distance Swimming Association, Camlough Lake Water Festival, and the World Open Water Swimming Association, contact Pádraig Mallon at [email protected] or visit their Facebook page here.

Mallon‘s education and inspiration of these budding ice swimmers calls to mind the Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign that he instigated in Camlough Lake which was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

The Offering nomination reads, “Pádraig Mallon and the team at Camlough Lake push themselves to extraordinary distances and depths. With channel swimmers, Ironman finishers, triathletes and ice swimmers on this team they know well what it is like to set personal challenges and realize their own dreams and the potential sporting abilities of others. The ‘Step out of the ordinary’ Blue Letter campaign is a means to encourage others to identify and welcome a new challenge.

Any challenge. In the ‘Step Out of the Ordinary’ event, the CLWF team share their joy for life and adventure with others, inspiring them to step out and step up to a challenge within their grasp, but yet somewhat out of their comfort zone. For this uniquely inspirational and personalized campaign, for its highly effective means to motivate people to achieve their own dreams, for its innovative creations in the open water world, the Camlough Lake Water Festival‘s Blue Letter Campaign is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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